Net-zero building unveiled in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood
This is one of the very few residential buildings that has received Passive House, LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certifications as well as numerous other local certifications and awards. This is very inspiring and is our goal as well.
This past weekend, as part of Open House NY, we had the chance to tour the pun-ily named Bright N’ Green, a new building in Brighton Beach that’s packed with just about every eco-friendly innovation and gimmick currently on the market. Its six condos are made up of three studios, two one-bedrooms and a two-bedroom spread over four floors, priced from $349,000 to $899,000. Designed by architect Robert Scarano (who was famously sanctioned by the city for building bigger than zoning rules allowed), the development is scheduled to be completed at the end of this month.
We toured the largest and priciest unit—a two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex that, at a mere 958 square feet, was not the roomiest of dwellings—to suss out what it might be like to live in a sustainable place like this one. Read on to see our observations, and let us know in the comments if you think it’s worth it.